Brussels Airport (BRU)

Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU, ICAO: EBBR) (also called Brussel-Nationaal / Bruxelles-National (Brussels-National) or Zaventem) is an international airport 6.5 NM (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. In 2015, more than 23 million passengers arrived or departed at Brussels Airport, making it the 21st busiest airport in Europe. It is located partially in Zaventem, partially in the Diegem area of Machelen, and partially in Steenokkerzeel, in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is home to around 260 companies, together directly employing 20,000 people and serves as the home base for Brussels Airlines, TUIfly Belgium and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium.

The company operating the airport is known as The Brussels Airport Company N.V./S.A.; before 19 October 2006, the name was BIAC (Brussels International Airport Company), which was created by Belgian law through a merger of BATC with the ground operations departments of the RLW/RVA. Since 2011, the airport has been owned by the Toronto-based Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (39%), Macquarie Group (Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund I and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III) (36%) and the Belgian State (25%).

On 22 March 2016 the airport’s departures hall was severely damaged by the two terrorist bomb blasts. The airport was closed until 3 April 2016, when it reopened with temporary facilities at less than 20% of its previous capacity. It has since returned to full operations, with a record of 90,000 passengers on 29 July 2016.

National demonstration today: Brussels Airport expects serious disruptions on its operations

On Friday 14 December a national demonstration takes place in Belgium. Consequently, Brussels Airport expects serious disruptions on its operations: reduced capacity of baggage...

The information website for local residents of Brussels Airport is widely improved

skeyes and Brussels Airport have developed a new version of the BATC.be information website: as of now, visitors will find a wide range of...

Strong passenger growth at Brussels Airport in November (+7.5%) in particular thanks to new flights to Asia

In November 2018, Brussels Airport welcomed close to 2 million passengers. The 5.9% growth is due to the reinforcement of the network operating from...

Emirates considers deploying Airbus A380 flagship to Brussels Airport during 45-days runway upgrade at Dubai Airport

From 16 April to 30 May 2019, Dubai Airport will close one runway for upgrade works designed to boost safety, service, and capacity levels of...

Aviato, the new employment portal for Brussels Airport

During a short ceremony, the new offices of Aviato - formerly known as Brussels Airport House - were inaugurated by all partners involved and...

Avianca Cargo touches down on Belgian soil

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js On 18 November and for the first time, Avianca Cargo touched down at Brussels Airport. The arrival of the Colombian airline is already the...

Looking for witnesses: BMW 118D heavily vandalized at Brussels Airport parking P58

The owner of a white BMW 118D that has been vandalized at Brussels Airport parking P58 is hoping witnesses will come forward. Yesterday (14 November), the...

United Airlines from Newark to Brussels and 5 other destinations with Boeing 787-10

United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its New York/Newark hub beginning in March...

After 25 years of commercial service, Brussels Airlines’ OO-SFN is leaving for Pinal Airpark

This morning (13 November), one of the oldest Airbus A330 aircraft left Brussels Airport for her final destination. On 28 October 2018, the 25-year-old...

Brussels Airport’s runway 07L/25R is fully operational again

The maintenance work on runway 07L/25R at Brussels Airport was completed four weekends ahead of schedule due to the favourable weather conditions and the...

In October 2018, Brussels Airport lost an estimate of 120,000 passengers due to Aviapartner strike

Last month, Brussels Airport welcomed just under 2.2 million, down 2.4% on October of last year. This decrease is due to the strike of...

[Trip Report] From Brussels to Kajaani (Kainuu region, Finland) and back with Finnair

OUTBOUND FLIGHTS For a three-day visit of the Kainuu region of Finland, it was evident that Finnair would be the airline of reference. After a...

140 Brussels Airlines passengers stranded in Tel Aviv for two days

On Sunday (4 November), the weather radar of a Brussels Airlines Airbus A320 (OO-SNC) broke down at Tel Aviv Airport. The airline was forced...
Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 - copyright Wim Peeters

Engine failure on Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 between Kinshasa and Brussels Airport

On 5 November, the left engine of a Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 (OO-SFZ) flying between Kinshasa and Brussels as SN359 failed to operate. At...

Brussels Airport and PIVO to provide joint fire-fighter training

The province of Flemish-Brabant and Brussels Airport Company have signed a declaration of intent concerning fire-fighting training for aviation. The Provincial Institute for Education...

Eight new destinations from Brussels Airport during the winter season

Brussels Airport is expanding its network this 2018/2019 winter season with eight new destinations. The airport now connects directly our country with 164 passenger...

TUI fly Belgium’s Summer 2019 schedule – six new destinations

TUI fly Belgium today (31 October) released its 2019 Summer schedule. From 31 March 2019, the holiday airline will add six new destinations to...

Aviapartner resumes work at Brussels Airport after agreement between unions and management – still 100 flights cancelled

White smoke at Aviapartner! Last night, an agreement has been reached between management and the unions representing the employees. On Thursday, six days ago,...

Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport to continue on Tuesday – work to resume on Wednesday @ 06:00 ?

The Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport will not end before Wednesday 06:00 (UTC +1), several sources have reported, the wildcat strike that started last...

Aviapartner strike at Brussels Airport to enter day five on Monday

It's highly uncertain when handling agent Aviapartner will resume operations at Brussels Airport as day-long negotiations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday have ended without...